‘We bought our XT to go round the world!’

75,513 miles later it’s still go­ing, say Manu Tor­res and Ivana Co­lakovska S SSINGLE IN­GLES L SPECIA

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Three-and-a-half years ago, I had never rid­den a mo­tor­cy­cle. But Ivana and I knew we wanted to travel around the world on one. So, we walked into a Yamaha deal­er­ship and bought a 2012 Yamaha XT660Z and set off. No me­chan­i­cal knowl­edge and no plans. We left with very lit­tle money and have been on the road ever since.

The only dif­fi­cul­ties we’ve had are with wildlife and weather. Wild wolves and big cats are ev­ery­where. We’ve faced tigers in Su­ma­tra, bears in Alaska and poi­sonous snakes in the Ama­zon. But our hard­est test came in the Pamir Moun­tains, Ta­jik­istan, with tem­per­a­tures of -20°C. And at 5000 me­tres above sea level our fin­gers suf­fered frost­bite, we had ex­plod­ing blood cap­il­lar­ies and bloody noses. It was freez­ing and we didn’t have a GPS ei­ther, so search­ing for a farmer’s house to take shel­ter from wolves was tricky to say the least.

The Ténéré has proved to be the per­fect bike for our ad­ven­ture. It’s a me­chan­i­cal mo­tor­cy­cle, which doesn’t need to be plugged into a com­puter to fix its prob­lems.

The big 23-litre tank re­turns just over 300 miles a day, more than enough for cross­ing deserts and re­mote lo­ca­tions. It comes kit­ted out with ev­ery­thing we need for this trip. Peo­ple told us it’s low on power, but it’s car­ried both of us (150kg) plus our gear (60kg) over icy roads, up moun­tains, through deserts, rivers and over mud and noth­ing’s stopped us or the XT so far. I bought it to take us both round the world, and it has done a bril­liant job of that.

The Ténéré has taken the cou­ple across every kind of ter­rain the planet has to of­fer

Manu and Ivana set off on their Ténéré in 2013 and are still go­ing

The desert of Colom­bian Gua­jira

Best use of a selfie stick, ever

In Chilean Patag­o­nia, it was cold and muddy. 24 hours of rid­ing meant we lost con­trol and the bike landed on Ivana’s leg, break­ing it. She needed nine screws and a cou­ple of plates.

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